In 1994 I left the West Coast for good…
What do I know? As I write this, my house is in various stages of packed, painted and ready to sell… yes I’m moving back west to the Pacific Ocean, back to the coast where I started my career, recorded my first cassette and began this love affair with writing, performing and troubadour-ing.
As many of you know, I’ve been living in Halifax since 2008 and though I’ve loved this period of Atlantic life, it’s time for us to be closer to my family and my wife’s family and we both want our daughter to spend more time with her grandparents in BC. So here, we go. We’re packing it up and hitting the road sometime this summer when school’s done. I can’t believe that it’s been seven years since I moved here (and yes I am packing some boxes that were barely opened from the last move – no hoarder comments please)… who knows where the time goes?
One thing’s for sure, I’ve made some great friends and contacts out here and (as Arnie Schwarzenegger said) I’ll be back. Meanwhile I’m trying to juggle the very real chaos of packing it ALL up to split town and keeping some stuff ready to pack for touring because there is a lot of that on the horizon… I tour therefore I am. Read on.
Alberta and Ontario
After a series of successful trio shows last summer (with drummer Kent Macrae in Alberta/BC and Gary Craig in Ontario), we’ve decided to revisit some of our favourite venues and some we’ve never played before. We’re both really looking forward to working in the trio format again… I’ve got new guitar pedals, Andy’s been working his bass pedal footwork routine + we’ve decided to add some of the older material from our first record and a few extra tunes that we’ve always wanted to include in the set. I hope you will be able to attend some of these shows. Details and tourdates are (as always) here at www.fearingandwhite.com/tour/
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings:
new recording plans !
After an incredibly busy and fruitful 2014 with SOUTH, including appearances at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in the UK (where we topped sales at the merch tent) and a stellar show as part of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco (alongside a who’s who of the Americana world) B&RK’s three principles are busy with various other projects (Colin Linden is deeply involved in ABC’s award winning show Nashville working on both sides of the camera, as well as producing and playing on numerous recordings… I honestly don’t know how the guy keep it all together, he is without doubt, one of the most industrious people I ever want to meet. Meanwhile, Tom Wilson, having very successfully released a second Lee Harvey Osmond Record (The Folk Sinner) last year, is set to unleash his third LHO album on the Cowboy Junkies’ Latent Records sometime later this year.
So basically, all three of us are up to our eyeballs in alligators, however, we are still very much involved with and committed to Blackie and The Rodeo Kings… it’s been almost twenty years now since “High or Hurtin’ ” and we are just gaining momentum. So look for news of a new recording as 2015 starts to wind down and as ever you can get up to date news of tourdates and recording updates from our website www.rodeokings.com
For now, I can tell you that we are booked to play a new festival in Burnstown Ontario called Neat In The Woods This festival is is just starting and we are really happy to be in on the ground floor.
There are several other festivals in the works, but nothing firm… yet.
Also plans are afoot for a large concert to be held in Hamilton right before the Juno awards in March. for more details go to our website
Winter touring, Summer Festivals
& plans for OCt. in the UK
So, as stated at the beginning of this missive, I am as busy as ever. What with the move out west looming and our house here in Halifax in utter packing chaos, F&W dates about to begin and B&RK rumbling ominously on the horizon, it’s no-wonder I’m noticing more grey hair (also I just turned 52 :-). Even so, I started this musical journey as a solo entity and that’s what keeps me ticking along. So yes, there are new solo tour dates to announce and plans to start recording a follow up to 2013’s Between Hurricanes by the end of this year.
As soon as I’ve returned from the Feb. F&W tour, kissed my long-suffering missus and done my laundry, I’ll be heading back out to re-connect with B&RK for the Juno Awards (held in Hamilton this year) and a star-studded show (tba. See B&RK section above). After I’ve recovered from what will surely be equal parts exciting and stultifying (award shows… meh) I’ll be starting a series of Ontario shows before heading back to Alberta for gigs in and around Calgary. Details are a little sketchy right now, but some of the dates have been confirmed. Details are or will be at my website www.stephenfearing.com
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ The Moonshine Café
137 Kerr St., Oakville, ON L6K 3A6 (Canada) – Map
905-844-2655 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages Tickets: $20 /$25
Friday, March 20, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – London ON.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON M6R 1X6 (Canada) – Map
(416) 531-6604 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages Tickets: $25/$27.50
Monday, March 23, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Collingwood
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Milford, ON
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC- Perth. On.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Grimsby, ON
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Freewheelin’ Concerts
10 King St West, Dundas, ON L9H 1T7 (Canada) – Map
905-627-4265 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages Tickets: $29 / $30
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Sarnia, ON
Friday, April 3, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Woodstock ON.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC – Eden Mills, ON
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ TBC Calgary, AB
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ A Room Full of Sound Concert Series TBA
43 Riverside Drive, Okotoks, AB (Canada) – Map Set: 8:00 PM
Summer festivals are starting to come together, with a lot still to be confirmed, but I can tell you that I will spending the August long weekend in Wells BC at the ArtsWells festival as well as the preceding week teaching a songwriting workshop with my old friend Linda McRae, also in Wells. There is a possibility that I will have the pleasure of playing the mighty Stanfest here in Nova Scotia… and well, there is more to come.
OK, hope to see you at a show somewhere down the road, thanks for listening, over and out.